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17 L.A. Officers Homes Searched

May 6, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The District Attorney’s office searched the homes of 17 police officers Friday morning as part of its months-long investigation into one of the worst police corruption scandals in the city’s history.

The search warrants came a day after a judge threw out six more convictions prosecutors believe were tainted by police misconduct.

Some 30 officers have been relieved of duty as a result of the scandal in which officers at the city’s Rampart station are said to have framed scores of people for crimes they didn’t commit, sometimes beating, robbing and shooting them as well. Criminal charges have been filed against three officers, and Police Chief Bernard Parks has said he expects more people to be charged.

Ted Hunt, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, condemned the searches and the manner in which they were conducted. He said prosecutors served the warrants at about 7 a.m. and conducted searches in front of officers’ children and neighbors.

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